Piers Morgan brands Greta Thunberg 'melodramatic' over climate crisis speech

Piers Morgan has expressed his concerns over the impact Greta Thunberg’s passionate speech about climate change at the UN Climate Action Summit could have on young people.

The 16-year-old activist accused political leaders of “stealing” her childhood as she berated them for not doing enough to protect the environment.

Despite commending the teenager for highlighting the dangers of climate change, Morgan admitted that he was worried that Thunberg’s speech made it sound like the world was coming to an end.

Addressing her speech on Good Morning Britain, Morgan shared: “Here’s my conflicted view of Greta, she’s highly impressive, a 16-year-old girl who is so articulate, so passionate, I’ve got no problem with that and climate change is a very serious issue, I get it all.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Youth activist Greta Thunberg speaks at the Climate Action Summit at the United Nations on September 23, 2019 in New York City. While the United States will not be participating, China and about 70 other countries are expected to make announcements concerning climate change. The summit at the U.N. comes after a worldwide Youth Climate Strike on Friday, which saw millions of young people around the world demanding action to address the climate crisis.  (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
Greta accused world leaders of stealing her childhood during her passionate speech (Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

“There’s something I felt very uncomfortable watching it yesterday. It was all a bit melodramatic, end of the world, apocalyptic.”

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Worried that young people all over the world will now think the world is coming to an end, Morgan continued to comment: “I wonder the impact she’s now having on young people around the world watching this who must be thinking, ‘Oh my god, the world is literally about to end.’

ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 19: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Piers Morgan smokes a cigar whilst watching the racing on day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2019 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Piers Morgan smokes a cigar on day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2019. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

“It’s not about to end. I don’t want millions, if not billions, of young people watching Greta do that kind of speech and genuinely think the planet is literally about to end, because it isn’t.

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“So climate change is serious, it should be dealt with, it’s an important issue, but it’s not end of the world stuff in the way she’s portraying it, in my opinion,” he added.

However, Good Morning Britain’s weather presenter and meteorologist Laura Tobin responded to Morgan’s comments, insisting that Thunberg wasn’t being melodramatic at all.

“We’ve got a certain amount of carbon dioxide and if we emit that, we’re at this tipping point,” Tobin said on the show.

‘We’ll never get back coral reefs, we’ll never get back the arctic sea ice, we’ll ruin the jet stream, we’ll see a lot of the ice melting from the Himalayas and that could release more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

“We’ve got eight and half years. If we don’t stop polluting like we do, it might reduce to six years.”

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